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Multiple Pilots Warned Feds About Boeing Model

The Dallas Morning News reports: Pilots repeatedly voiced safety concerns about the Boeing 737 Max 8 to federal authorities, with one captain calling the flight manual “inadequate and almost criminally insufficient” several months before Sunday’s Ethiopian Air crash that killed 157 people, an investigation by The Dallas Morning News found. The News found at least five complaints about the Boeing …

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Some Airlines Ground Boeing Model After Crash

CNN reports: Airlines in multiple countries have suspended the use of Boeing’s new 737 MAX 8 aircraft over concerns about its safety, after an Ethiopian Airlines flight of the same model crashed Sunday killing all 157 people on board. Flight ET302 to Nairobi had just taken off from the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa Sunday when it reported technical problems …

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Flight Attendants Union To Strike If Shutdown Resumes

“Many Americans breathed a sigh of relief when the shutdown ended, assuming that the crisis had passed. But as your flight attendant, I need to tell you the truth: Everyone is less safe flying today than we were before the shutdown. There is bipartisan support to keep the government open with stable, long-term funding. Americans overwhelmingly support this solution. “But …

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British Airways Features Gay Couple In Centenary Video

The Independent reports: This year marks 100 years since British Airways started flying. To celebrate its centenary, the airline has just released its 100th anniversary campaign advert, with best of British talent front and centre. The advert, called #BA100, is designed to be a “love letter to Britain”. Famous faces onboard the special #BA100 flight include actors Gary Oldman, Olivia …

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Pilots Union Begs Trump To End Dangerous Shutdown

Inc.com reports: In a scorchingly fact-based letter to President Trump, the Air Line Pilots Association — which represents 61,000 pilots — used simple words. Its president, Captain Joe DePete wrote: “I am writing to urge you to take the necessary steps to immediately end the shutdown of government agencies that is adversely affecting the safety, security and efficiency of our …

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TEXAS: World’s First “Christian Airline” To Launch

The Christian Post reports: Christians traveling around the world and locally for mission trips and religious tours may soon be able to kiss lost luggage and baggage fees goodbye as Judah 1, an aviation ministry out of Texas is set to become the world’s first Christian airline. The ministry announced that the FAA had accepted their application to switch from …

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American Airlines Threatens To Change Ticketing Policy

The Associated Press reports: American Airlines is threatening to prohibit customers from making changes to nonrefundable tickets if Congress makes good on a proposal to crack down on unreasonable airline fees. American CEO Doug Parker says his airline would be acting just like many other businesses when customers want to swap their ticket for a different flight or for another …

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Hackers Hit British Airways: 380K Credit Card Details

The Associated Press reports: Hackers obtained the credit card details of some 380,000 British Airways travelers during a two-week data breach this summer that leaves the customers vulnerable to financial fraud, the airline says. BA’s CEO, Alex Cruz, said Friday that enough data was stolen to allow criminals to use credit card information for illicit purposes, and that police are …

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Broken Window Forces Southwest Airlines Flight To Make Emergency Landing, All On Board Reported Safe

The New York Daily News reports: A Newark-bound Southwest Airlines flight made an emergency landing in Cleveland Wednesday after a window cracked. Photographs taken by a passenger on Southwest Airlines flight WN957, which took off from Chicago Midway International, show a broken window next to a row of passenger seats. A portion of the window’s glass appeared to be missing. …

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Southwest Passengers Get $5K Checks After Incident

CNN reports: Passengers aboard Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 received a $5,000 check after a deadly engine failure that led to an emergency landing in Philadelphia. In a letter to passengers, the airline expressed “sincere apologies” for the fatal incident and included the check, said Kamau Siwatu, who was aboard the flight. He was one of at least three passengers who …

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Airlines Inspect Engines After Fatal Southwest Incident

Reuters reports: Some major customers of Boeing Co’s popular 737 jets said on Wednesday they were inspecting engines of the type that blew apart mid-air on a fatal Southwest Airlines Co flight on Tuesday. European regulators this month began requiring an inspection by early next year, and a person familiar with the matter said U.S. regulators were near a similar …

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Airliner Makes Emergency Landing With Blown Engine

CBS News reports: A Southwest Airlines plane made an emergency landing at Philadelphia’s airport with what appears to be a damaged engine on Tuesday. Passengers walked off the plane on the tarmac at the airport. Passenger Marty Martinez did a brief Facebook Live posting with the caption “Something is wrong with our plane! It appears we are going down! Emergency …

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RUSSIA: 71 Reported Dead In Airliner Crash [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: A jet operated by Saratov Airlines crashed in the Moscow region on Sunday, killing all 71 people on board, according to Russian news agencies. Russia’s Interfax news outlet reported that the Orsk-bound 148-jet went off radar shortly after departing from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport and later said eyewitnesses saw a burning airplane fall to the ground in the …

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Trump Scraps Airline Baggage Fees Disclosure Rule Because Every Single Thing Obama Did Must Be Undone

The Verge reports: US airlines are no longer required to disclose hidden baggage fees as soon as people start the ticket-buying process, the Department of Transportation announced this week. The news coincides with Delta Air Lines’ announcement that it’s going to start charging basic economy passengers baggage fees for flights after December 6th. The DOT, in following with the Trump …

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United CEO: No Firings Over Passenger Dragging

CNBC reports: United Continental CEO Oscar Munoz said Tuesday that no one will be fired for the airline’s recent debacle involving a passenger being dragged off an overbooked flight. “The buck stops here. And I’m sure there was lots of conjecture about me personally,” the apologetic CEO said on the company’s earnings call Tuesday. “Again, it was a system failure …

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NEW YORK CITY: Bomb Scare Empties JFK Terminal

Because some idiot walked away from his suitcase. Gothamist reports: JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark airports are tightening security today, following yesterday’s suicide bombing at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport that left 41 dead and over 230 injured. So far, the Port Authority has sent armored trucks loaded with tactical weapons to patrol outside area airports, and JFK’s Terminal 5 was briefly shut …

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JetBlue Offers Free Flights To Victims’ Loved Ones

From JetBlue’s website: Like many of you, we continue to watch reports of the Orlando nightclub shooting with great sadness. Our thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones. This weekend’s events are felt by all of our 19,000 crewmembers, many of whom live in, work from and travel through Orlando – one of our focus cities – at …

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United Airlines CEO Resigns Amid Corruption Scandal

The Associated Press reports: The chairman and CEO of United Airlines is stepping down in connection with an investigation into the airline’s dealings with the former chairman of the agency that operates New York-area airports. United Continental Holdings Inc. said Tuesday that Jeff Smisek and two other senior executives had resigned and railroad executive Oscar Munoz was named CEO and …

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Alaska Airlines Offer Gay Pride Discount, Wingnuts Predictably Scream Favoritism

From Alaska Airlines: At Alaska, we have been longtime supporters of the LGBT community and remain committed to a more equitable society. We were elated when the State of Washington expressed the same commitment by legalizing marriage for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. To show our continued support we are encouraging the LGBT community to travel, not …

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Airlines Accused Of Price Gouging As Amtrak Continues Service Suspension

Via the New York Times: A check of Delta Air Lines fares at La Guardia Airport at 10 a.m. on Thursday found that a ticket on the 12:30 p.m. shuttle to Washington could be found — for $2,309. But a ticket on the noon shuttle cost $554. Even under ordinary circumstances, airfares can seem something of a mystery, but veteran …

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